IBM and Accelrys team on Linux software effort

IBM and Accelrys have announced a joint effort that makes Accelrys' 2D and 3D modeling and simulation software available for Linux workstations and servers.

Specifically, the effort involves porting, testing, and certifying Accelrys' Cerius2 and Quanta applications on IBM computer systems running Red Hat Linux.

Cerius is a widely used chemical modeling and simulation software package. Quanta is a molecular modeling package for structural biologists and protein crystallographers that provides tools for structure characterization, analysis, and modeling.

The two companies have worked together previously to make other Accelrys life science software tools available on Linux. This latest effort gives life science companies access to essentially a complete line of Accelrys tools that run on Linux.

"In the past we had some of (the products)," says Jamie Coffin, worldwide vice president of IBM Life Sciences Solutions. "Now we have an entire suite."

"For the first time, we have an end-to-end offering," says Coffin. "We can now offer front-end applications and back-end servers."

The porting of these applications to Linux is in response to changing user requirements, according to Coffin. Many pharmaceutical and life science companies have been running such high-end simulation and modeling applications on proprietary workstations and systems. With Linux's growing use in other areas, there is increased demand to have Linux versions of such applications, which previously only ran on those older workstations.

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